Congratulations to all those honored by the ACLU of North Carolina last night at the Frank Porter Graham Award ceremonies, held in the ATC (which is in Durham, for you NPR listeners), especially to Maitri "Mike" Klinkosum and Kelley DeAngelus, who received the ACLE of North Carolina award for their work in freeing Floyd Lee Brown. Brown was held for 14 years in Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh after being found incompetent to stand trial, charged with a murder which he could not have committed. He was finally released last year. It's a cliche, but it was humbling and inspiring to be in the same room with folks who do that kind of thing on a daily basis.
It was also pretty cool to hang with my landsman Lewis Black for a bit after the show. I'm not sure i'm down with his whole "non-partisan" schtick, but man, he is gut bustingly funny in person.